Riding for Reading Motorcycle Tour
Cruise Topeka for a great cause!
For every Riding for Reading Tour completed, books will be donated to school libraries in Shawnee County and throughout the state.
How to earn books for kids:
Cruise the Riding for Reading route through Topeka, visiting at least 8 of the 12 locations listed. Take a picture with you and your motorcycle at each location. At the end of your ride, email 8-12 pictures to Photos@VisitTopeka.com with your name and mailing address. You'll receive a Riding for Reading patch and schools across Kansas will get books!
- The full two day tour route is 38 miles long
- Some tour locations charge admission
- Look for the motorcycle clings in windows at local restaurants and hotels
- Each business will have rags and other biker essentials for you to use at no cost
- Ask for the Riding for Reading discount at participating hotels
Print your own Riding for Reading flyer, or pick one up at our office.
Riding for Reading Featured Locations:
Kansas State Capital
300 SW 10th St.
Visit the recently renovated Statehouse to view the John Steuart Curry's murals, see the spectacular chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and view the dramatic Capitol dome.
Combat Air Museum
7016 SE Forbes Avenue
Step back in time and see more than 30 military aircrafts from WWI to the present day, in addition to aircraft engines, artifacts and dioramas.
Kansas National Guard Museum
6700 SW Topeka Blvd.
View hundreds of artifacts, equipment and materials from the Kansas National Guard in both outdoor and indoor displays.
Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee
37th St. and East Edge Rd.
Explore 9.5 acres of gardens surrounded by rock gardens, waterfalls, streams, a covered bridge and gazebo. Drive around the entire lake to enjoy the scenic views.
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
1515 SE Monroe St.
Learn about the 1954 case that brought desegregation to schools nationwide through an experiential, self-guided museum located in a historic former school.
Great Mural Wall
2100 SW Western St.
View the Great Mural Wall of Topeka, a community-based work of art that tells the story of Topeka's past, present and future. This is the largest mural in Kansas, and the second largest in the nation.
Kansas Museum of History
6420 SE 6th Ave.
Learn about colorful characters and everyday folks from Kansas' past. See a full-sized Cheyenne tipi, covered wagon, 1950s diner and an 1880s locomotive.
Topeka High School
800 SW 10th St.
Designed by Topeka architect Thomas W. Williamson, Topeka High School was completed in 1931 at a cost of over $1 million. Today, it is one of the city's most distinguished landmarks.
Great Overland Train Station
701 N Kansas Ave.
Formerly home to the Union Pacific Railroad Station, this museum brings Topeka's railroad heritage to life through guided tours, photographs and special exhibits. Don't miss the stunning All Veteran's Memorial and Avenue of Flags outside the station.
Charles Curtis Museum
1101 SW Topeka Blvd.
Tour the former home of Charles Curtis, the only U.S. vice president of Native American decent. Marvel in the intricate decor and memorabilia from Curtis' political career.
1116 SE Madison St.
The Ritchie House, which was built in 1856 by abolitionist John and Mary Jane Ritchie, is considered Topeka's oldest home and was a stop along the Underground Railroad.
427-429 S Kansas Ave.
Now under restoration, this "Network to Freedom" site was the Kansas Free State Capitol before the Civil War.
Scan this QR Code with your smartphone for directions to these locations.
Directions are also included on the Riding for Reading Flyer, print here or pick one from our office at 618 S. Kansas Avenue.